Trump Fans Accuse CNN Of ‘Blackmailing’ Creator Of Anti-CNN Trump Tweet Who Outed HIMSELF

When Donald Trump tweeted a gif-turned-video of himself violently thrashing a cornerstone network of the American media, his supporters ate it up. After all, Trump has been promoting violence and hatred toward the media ever since he realized they weren’t going to give him the “kid gloves” coverage he’s always been able to bully other people into with the threat of lawsuits. But like any spicy meme, someone always comes forward to take credit for it, and that’s what happened with “HanAssholeSolo,” the Redditor who originated the Wrestlemania-based animation.

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Not that a little detective work is hard on the internet. In fact, CNN, simply by cross-referencing public posts by the same user on Reddit and Facebook, found out exactly who he was in real life. Andrew Kaczynski, of CNN’s KFile, explained Wednesday morning:

Using identifying information that ‘HanA**holeSolo’ posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man’s name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.”

The erstwhile troll formally apologized yesterday, in a Reddit post that the moderators of subreddit /r/The_Donald, one of the most heavily moderated forums on the internet, quickly deleted. You wouldn’t want any apologies coming out of a message board dedicated to worshiping Donald Trump, after all, and that group is perhaps the most fanatical — calling him “Daddy” and “Emperor Trump.” In his apology, the user explained that trolling was fun and addictive and that in actuality he felt none of the things he claimed online, from misogynist trope to racist slurs. Everything he ever posted in the forum has since been erased.

However, the user reached out to CNN and officially confirmed his own identity, after he posted the apology. From KFile:

CNN is not publishing ‘HanA**holeSolo’s’ name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
It was that last line that had the Trumpbots (and Fox News, of course) up in arms, calling it blackmail. One prominent supporter — of his own father — even got in on the Twitter trend:

Ironically, in one of the only actually-revealing details out of CNN, Kaczynski corrected the president’s son:

Kaczynski had already explained, however, that there was no threat:

Still others, myself included, believe that CNN should reveal the man’s identity. I don’t know if you actually clicked on any of the links in this article, but it’s hard for me to believe that a user this offensive is being sincere in their apology. Even if you haven’t got time to open a new tab for any of my links, you can go ahead and google his username whenever you have a few minutes. It won’t take you long to see how casually he used the N-word, talked about stabbing Muslims, and seemed like possibly the biggest anti-Semite since David Duke.

Trump’s internet, however, consists of supporters who believe the man’s identity should be protected, though CNN never had any agreement with him to do so after he called and identified himself. And where will those supporters be complaining about it next?

That’s right — Russia Today, the propaganda network Trump has relied on to report favorably about him all this time.

Maybe all those supporters angry on HanAssholeSolo’s behalf should listen to the middle-aged man himself:

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